Another week in the world of online learning, another multitude of changes, new players and new ventures. Less than a month ago we were wondering if online courses would ever be able to offer their students legitimate credentials, and now two of the biggest MOOC providers have found a way that might work — and won’t put older educational giants like Pearson out of a job. Keep reading to find out how!
A First for Udacity: a U.S. University Will Accept Transfer Credit for One of Its Courses by Katherine Mangan of The Chronicle of Higher Education
Colorado State University’s Global Campus says it will accept transfer credit from Udacity’s Intro to Computer Science course. Students must show a certificate of accomplishment from Udacity and pass a proctored exam issued by Pearson VUE, at a cost of $89 — we probably don’t need to point out that this is MUCH cheaper than any in-person class at a US university. A possible game changer? We think so — while learning for learning’s sake is awesome, being able to use that new knowledge to get a job is even better.
MOOCing On Site by Steve Kolowich of Inside Higher Ed
Trends spread quickly in edtech land. Just a couple of months behind Udacity, edX (MOOC provider of MIT, Harvard and UC Berkeley) has announced a partnership with Pearson to give in-person proctored tests for their classes. The tests will hopefully weed out cheaters and allow passing students to earn credits for their online classes at bricks-and mortar schools, just like at Udacity and Colorado State. No word yet on whether Coursera will jump on the Pearson bandwagon…
Marginal Revolution launch an online university by Alex Hern of NewStatesman
Voracious learners will get a new option for economics education October 1, when Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, authors of the hugely popular economics blog Marginal Revolution, start the first class at their brand-new Marginal Revolution University. The bloggers, who are professors at George Mason University, laid out their plans in a post on their site — short videos, tests and quizzes to measure progress, and no payment required. It’s interesting to see an online learning program focusing on one specific subject when most newcomers to the online learning space are trying to tackle everything. Marginal Revolution already has a niche and a following, so let’s hope their university works as well as their blog.
That’s the news this week. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments or tweet @Smarterer.